The National Land's End Stage, San Francisco CA, August 9

The National Land's End Stage, San Francisco CA, August 9
Photo: Kim Jay
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The National played host on Friday for their Outside Lands set, bringing some local San Francisco guests on stage. Early in the show, baritone singer Matt Berninger invited the eclectic and long-running string band the Kronos Quartet to the stage to perform with them.

The National spent their set in typical half-drunk, class-act fashion with Berninger joking, "I just hit puberty. It's been a long wait," after his voice cracked just slightly. Pouring himself a glass of wine or two throughout the show, Berninger and the National were sweating through their suit jackets as they showed off their hard working style.

The Brooklyn-based act wound down with their hit "Mr. November" from the 2005 record "Alligator" and Berninger taking a stroll off the stage and through the crowd, creating an intimate feel despite playing the largest stage at the sold out festival.

For their final song, the National brought local hero Bob Weir (the Grateful Dead) on stage to perform the song "Terrible Love" from 2010's High Violet.